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Feb 4, 2013 2:00pm PST
. roosevelt asked the army, navy, and air force to estimate the costs of an all-out war. their total for the next two years--$150 billion, almost double the 1939 gross national product. nathan next evaluated the military's production needs. he started by breaking out the key sectors from the national income and production accounts. we knew steel would be a limiting factor for tanks, ships, and big guns. how much steel was involved in these? we translated airplanes mainly into aluminum because you couldn't build airplanes without aluminum. we translated ammunition into copper. we had the key elements. we realized very soon we were going to build factories to process more steel than we had. you'd have fabricating plants that weren't being used. more serious, you wouldn't have any end products. you'd have wheels over here and generators over there. airplanes with no propellers. that's right. in late fall of 1941, nathan and his team sent their numbers to roosevelt as the debate continued over production goals. roosevelt was using them to study american and allied military demands when the j
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